Ms. C.M. found this unusual story, and I thought I'd pass it along with some additional observations. It seems that Chinese medical scientists have been experimenting with High Frequency Ultrasound as a treatment against cancer:
The results have been promising:
A recent breakthrough in high-intensity focused ultrasound therapy (HIFU) technology has proven its use as an effective cancer treatment. A multi-institutional research team from China developed a semi-enclosed, spherical cavity transducer that can produce a focused, standing-wave field with a subwavelength-scale focal region and extremely high ultrasound intensity. The spherical cavity transducer appeared to generate tighter focal regions and greater pressure amplitude compared with the traditional concave spherical transducer. Researchers said the level of intensity generated by the new transducer design may lead to significant improvements in HIFU therapy. The findings were published in the Journal of Applied Physics.
HIFU is a non-invasive, targeted treatment that makes use of sound waves to eradicate cancer cells. HIFU uses an ultrasonic transducer to convert electrical signals into sound waves, then concentrates ultrasound into a small focal region to raise the temperature to more than 65 decrees Celsius, thereby killing cancer cells in the process without inducing damage to surrounding tissues. The technique works in the same manner as focusing sunlight through a lens, which helps eliminate the disease-causing cells.
For instance, researchers at the University College Hospital in London examined 625 men with prostate cancer and found that 93 percent of patients who underwent HIFU alone remained cancer-free at five years following the treatment, without requiring surgery or radiotherapy. Data also showed that only one to two percent of patients who had HIFU treatment suffered long-term urinary incontinence, compared with 10 to 20 percent of patients who had surgery. In addition, only 15 percent of patients in the HIFU group developed erectile dysfunction compared with 30 to 60 percent of surgical patients. (Emphasis added)
As one might imagine, and as the title of this blog suggests, I couldn't help but think of the medical "industry's" (read, "Big Pharma's") assault on Dr. Royal Raymond Rife. Rife, for those unfamiliar with the story, was one of many early cancer researchers in the twentieth century who believed in the viral theory of cancer. To this end, he invented a microscope which, he claimed, was able to see viruses without killing them, unlike an electron microscope. Using this invention, he claimed to have experimented using different sound waves to find the right frequencies for various viruses which he claimed caused sarcomas and carcinomas. These frequencies killed the cells, and, predictably, Rife's clinic was swamped with customers...
...until, that is, he was shut down, his microscope stolen (and, by the way, never seen again), and Rife was denied his medical license. The principal cause for shutting him down, was his claim for his microscope, which according to standard physical laws, could not claim the optical resolution Rife was claiming for it.The microscope he also claimed had to be "tuned", suggesting it was itself sonically based. I've written before, years ago, about this problem in the Rife story, and about Lt. Col. Tom Bearden's unique speculation on what Rife was really attempting to do with his microscope. But in any case, Rife was denounced as a fraud, and his clinic shut down. It was, if one wishes to be blunt about it, a case of "our theory says your microscope can't work, therefore it doesn't work, therefore all your claims based upon that machine are fraudulent." True enough, since Rife's ignominious end, lots of fakery and quackery have percolated with supposed "Rife healing machines," all of which ignore the crucial component of his whole claim: the microscope which he claimed enabled him to experimentally find the correct frequencies to kill various cancers.
But Rife's basic claim remained: various types of sound, modulated on carrier waves, could destroy cancer. Similar research, as readers of my recent book Microcosm and Medium will be aware, was also conducted in the Soviet Union in the 1960s and 1970s. And now, the old idea of sound curing or killing cancers has reared its head once again, and once again, apparently with some success.
If there's a lesson here, it's that this idea has been around for a very long time, and in essence, Dr. Rife's views were essentially confirmed (sans the microscope). That also means something truly depressing, for it also means that a cure or technique was suppressed for almost eighty years, while big pharma and big medicine cut, hacked, sawed, radiated, and chemo-ed people with cures almost as bad as the disease.
Watch for this technique to be tied up in decades of regulation, denial, questions, trials, and the other usual tactics, while the latest genetic modification of corn or soybeans sail through in a matter of weeks.
See you on the flip side...